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|Title||The Palestinian ministry of Housing: Challenges and opportunities.|
Housing is the one of the most difftcult problems faring the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). In addition to highly populated Gaza, there are thousands of Palestinians who are returning home as a result of the peace accords. During the Israeli occupation, only scant resources were devoted to the housing sector, and thousands of Palestinian houses were demolished by the Israeli army. There is an immediate shortage of more than 40,000 housing units and it is estimated that 200,000 housing units will be needed by the year 2000. Moreover, housing requirements are expected to increase significandy in subsequent years due to the high natural birth rate, the return of expatriates, the needs of the police force and other demands. This paper includes a critical analysis of the housing situation in the West Bank and Gaza and an account of the policies, both short-and longterm, of the Ministry of Housing, as well as the activities of related institutions. The role of the various housing institutions is identified. The challenges and opportunities facing Palestinians in dealing with housing and urbanisation are also discussed. Recommendations regarding the coordination of all sectors are provided.
|Published in||The Reconstruction of Palestine: Issues, Options, Policies, and Strategies|
|Publisher||Kegan Paul Intl|
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